Available courses

This is the Approaches to Writing Monday morning group (10am - 12.30pm) for 1st year CWP writers. Tutor: Dr Jac Cattaneo

This is the Tactics for Writing Monday morning group (10am - 12.30pm) for 1st year CWP writers. Tutor: Dr Hannah Vincent

This is the Story Structure Monday afternoon group (1pm - 3.30pm) for 2nd year CWP writers. Tutor: Bethan Roberts

This is the Writing Workshops Monday afternoon group (1pm - 3.30pm) for 2nd year CWP writers. Tutor: Dr Jac Cattaneo

This is the Approaches to Writing Monday evening group (6.30pm - 9pm) for 1st year CWP writers. Tutor: Dr Hannah Vincent

This is the Tactics for Writing Monday evening group (6.30pm - 9pm) for 1st year CWP writers. Tutor: Rosie Chard

This is the Story and Form Tuesday morning group (10am - 12.30pm) for writers on the 2nd year of the Autobiography and Life Writing Programme. Tutor: Dr John O'Donoghue

This is the Life Writing Workshops Tuesday morning group (10am - 12.30pm) for writers on the 2nd year of the Autobiography and Life Writing Programme. Tutor: Dr Hannah Vincent

This is the Approaches to Creative Non-Fiction Tuesday afternoon group (1pm -3.30pm) for 1st year CNF writers. Tutor: Holly Dawson

This is the Memory and Imagination Tuesday afternoon group (1pm -3.30pm) for 1st year CNF writers. Tutor: Lulah Ellender

This is the Story Structure Tuesday evening group (6.30pm-9pm) for 2nd year CWP writers. Tutor: Catherine Smith

This is the Writing Workshops Tuesday evening group (6.30pm-9pm) for 2nd year CWP writers. Tutor: Rosie Chard

This is the Approaches to Writing Wednesday Morning group (10-12.30am) for 1st year writers. Tutor: Dr Beth Miller

This is the Tactics for Writing Wednesday Morning group (10-12.30am) for 1st year writers. Tutor: Bethan Roberts

This is the Approaches to Writing (online) Thursday morning group (10-12.30am) for 1st year writers. Tutor: Rosie Chard

This is the Tactics for Writing (online) Thursday morning group (10-12.30am) for 1st year writers. Tutor: Jacq Molloy

This is the Story Structure Friday morning group (10-12.30am) for 2nd year writers. Tutor: Rosie Chard

This is the Writing Workshops Friday morning group (10-12.30am) for 2nd year writers. Tutor: Rosie Chard

This is the Writing Poetry Friday Afternoon group (1pm - 3.30pm). Tutor: Verity Spott

This is the Advanced Poetry Workshop Friday afternoon group (1pm-3.30pm). Tutor Dr John McCullough

This is the Advanced Writing Workshop Saturday morning group (10-1pm).Tutor: Umi Sinha


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Creative Writing Programme - March Weekend Schools - Book Now!

by Mark Slater -

Dear All,

We have now opened up the March Weekend Schools to everyone on the Creative Writing Programme. You will find a link to them on your course page. You can also access the booking page here: 

http://lms.creativewritingprogramme.org.uk/local/commerce/browseproducts.php

Although the Weekend Schools are predominantly based on prose writing, I'm sure poets will find poet and memoir writer, Rob Hamberger's session of particular interest.

The sessions begin at 10am with a focusing Zoom session in which writers will read and discuss extracts and possibly do some initial writing. After the preliminary session (which should last for between 90 minutes and 2 hours), you will be given some writing tasks to carry out during the afternoon. The Zoom will re-convene later in the day for the group to discuss the writing process and share learning. 

If you have any problems with booking, please let me know. 
All best
Mark

Welcome back to the Creative Writing Programme!

by Mark Slater -

Dear All,

Happy New Year! We have set up your new course pages (for all of you on our two-year courses) and you should be getting messages from your Spring Term tutors soon (If you haven't already). The Writing Poetry group meets this Friday and term starts for everyone else next week. No holiday extensions for you! (Luckily, having set up our online teaching, we're not affected by educational closures).

A lot has happened over the last few weeks, so I've asked course tutors to keep the Zooms open after you've finished your taught sessions next week so you can catch up with each other.

I hope you enjoy the term. Don't forget, I'm available on Zoom on Thursday afternoons if you want a chat - otherwise just email me if there is anything I can do to help.

Dates for Spring Term Weekend Schools are in the Term Dates info block.

All best

Mark


An Invitation to join the Creative Writing Programme Weekend Schools

by Mark Slater -

Dear All,

We have a limited number of places left on our 1st Year Weekend School programme this year and are offering places to all  writers on Creative Writing Programme courses. The cost is £30 for the online day school. You will start the day with a two-hour zoom in which one of our visiting writers will introduce you to strategies and techniques to develop story writing skills. You will then work outside the  Zoom on practical writing tasks before re-convening as a group late afternoon to discuss process and share findings. 

To book, please click on the links under the Weekend School descriptions. You will be asked for a code when booking. The code is VIOLET (Please make sure this is capitalised). 

Once you have enrolled for a course you will be sent an acknowledgement and then before the Zoom session itself, you will be sent the Zoom link.

Setting: Creating Memorable Characters

Tutor: Laura Wilkinson

Date: Saturday 14th November 

Time: 10am to 4pm

Fee: £30

Booking Link: https://newwritingsouth.com/events/setting-creating-memorable-characters

When we think of great works of fiction – and our favourite books – it tends to be the characters that linger long after the intricacies of plot have faded: Scarlett O’Hara, Nazneen Ahmed, Scrooge, Elizabeth Bennet, Baby Kochamma and so on. What is it that makes these characters so unforgettable? They’re not all good, or likeable. How do we build characters readers care about? In this workshop we will be looking at some of the different ways to find our characters, how to make them credible and complex, and the tools we have to show them to our readers. We’ll look at different ways to dig deep, to find your characters’ values, and allow them to leap off the page. The session will combine workshops, analysis and discussion. 

Laura Wilkinson has published six novels for adults (two under a pseudonym) and numerous short stories. Her contemporary fiction is published by Headline Accent. These novels are Crossing the LineSkin DeepRedemption Song and The Family Line. Over the past nine years she’s worked as a creative writing tutor for organisations including New Writing South and West Dean College, and as a structural editor and mentor for leading literary consultancies, coaching writers to competition shortlistings and publication. 

Creative Inspiration

Tutor: Kim Lasky

Date: Sunday 15th November

Time: 10.30am to 4pm

Fee: £30

Booking Link: https://newwritingsouth.com/events/creative-inspiration

Original ideas, atmospheric settings, intriguing but convincing characters: some of the hallmarks of great writing. But where do they come from? 

We’ll explore a range of creative sources of inspiration, from scientific discoveries to famous letters, which can spark original ideas, inform your work, and keep your writing lively and vivid. The aim is to leave you bursting with ideas for using resources such as museums and archives, galleries and heritage buildings as resources for your writing. We’ll take a look at contemporary fiction that draws upon these sources, and consider how they inform plot, setting and characterisation. There’ll also be plenty of writing time!

Kim Lasky’s work has been inspired by things as diverse as Newton’s experiments and the letters of Ada Lovelace. Her collection Petrol, Cyan, Electric, shortlisted for the Michael Marks Award, features poems that began life in the Science Museum and the Herschel Museum in Bath. Eclipse, was informed by a residency in the Physics and Astronomy Department at Sussex University. As well as many years’ experience teaching on the Creative Writing Programme, she runs workshops in various settings and acts as a writing mentor.

Setting Stories: Bringing Fictional Worlds to Life

Tutor: Sharon Duggal

Date: Sunday 22nd November

Time: 10.30am to 4pm

Fee: £30

Booking link: https://newwritingsouth.com/events/setting-stories-bringing-fictional-worlds-to-life

Where do our stories happen and how do we bring those settings alive for the reader so we can immerse them in the fictional world?  How do we create credible environments for our characters to exist in; places and spaces for them to inhabit and act in - ones they have just arrived at or have had to leave behind; real places, past, present and future, or imaginary worlds that sit on the edges of reality? 

Settings can be as important as character and plot to the telling of the tale and in this practical workshop we will consider the above questions as we focus on creating strong settings to bring our story world to life.

Using extracts from a range of genres, we will explore how storytelling, weaves place through narrative to create literature. We will discuss useful literary techniques for adding depth through setting and take part in a variety of exercises so we can truly evoke a sense of time and place in our own writing.

Sharon Duggal is an author and broadcaster. Her short stories appear in anthologies and her debut novel, The Handsworth Times, was published by award-winning indie publishers, Bluemoose Books in 2016. It was chosen as The Morning Star's 'Book of the Year' that year and as the title for Brighton City Reads in 2017. Sharon has an MPhil in Creative Writing from University of Sussex. Her second novel, SHOULD WE FALL BEHIND was published in October 2020. Twitter: @MsSDuggal  Website: Sharonduggal.com

Imagery, Symbolism and Metaphor 

Tutor: Dr John McCullough

Date: Sunday 28th November

Time:  10am to 4pm

Fee: £30

Booking link: https://newwritingsouth.com/events/imagery-symbolism-and-metaphor

How do you know when to put a waterfall in your short story or novel?  This day school aims to improve your use of symbolism in fiction as well as exploring when to use and restrict imagery.  We'll contrast the rich writing of Angela Carter and August Kleinzahler with the relative economy of Ernest Hemingway, Katherine Mansfield and Raymond Carver who still each draw on symbolism. In addition, we'll explore linking metaphors to themes and using photographs as tools for writing.  

John McCullough’s latest collection of poems Reckless Paper Birds won the 2020 Hawthornden prize for literature for the overall UK book of the year. It was shortlisted for the Costa. He teaches creative writing for the Creative Writing Programme, The Open University and the University of Brighton.

 

 


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